"I saw another angel coming down from heaven...
and the earth was illuminated with his glory."
Revelation 18:1

The Fourth Trumpet: Mt. St. Helens, Air Pollution

4th Trumpet Dual Fulfillment: The Heavens Struck, Air Pollution


Revelation 8:12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”


Roman Empire



Uriah Smith says “We understand that this trumpet symbolizes the career of Odoacer, the barbarian monarch who was so intimately connected with the downfall of Western Rome. The symbols sun, moon, and stars - for they are undoubtedly here used as symbols - evidently denote the great luminaries of the Roman government, - its emperors, senators, and consuls. Bishop Newton remarks that the last emperor of Western Rome was Romulus, who in derision was called Augustulus, or the "diminutive Augustus." Western Rome fell A.D. 476. Still, however, though the Roman sun was extinguished, its subordinate luminaries shone faintly while the senate and consuls continued. But after many civil reverses and changes of political fortune, at length, A.D. 566, the whole form of the ancient government was subverted, and Rome itself was reduced form being the empress of the world to a poor dukedom tributary to the Exarch of Ravenna.


"Notwithstanding this, however, it must be borne in mind that the authority of the Roman name had not yet entirely ceased. The senate of Rome continued to assemble as usual. The consuls were appointed yearly, one by the Eastern emperor, one by Italy and Rome. Odoacer himself governed Italy under a title (that of patrician) conferred on him by the Eastern emperor. ...There was still a certain, though often faint, recognition of the supreme imperial authority.


He also says “Fearful as were the calamities brought upon the empire by the first incursions of these barbarians, they were comparatively light as contrasted with the calamities which were to follow. They were but as the preliminary drops of a shower before the torrent which was soon to fall upon the Roman world. The three remaining trumpets are overshadowed with a cloud of woe, as set forth in the following verses.”


He quotes “ ‘The Roman empire declined, as it arose, by conquest; but the Saracens and the Turks were the instruments by which a false religion became the scourge of an apostate church.”


He says of Rome 'She saw her glories star by star expire.' till not even a single star remained, to glimmer on the vacant and dark night."


And says “The fearful ravages of these barbarian hordes, who, under their bold but cruel and desperate leaders, devastated Rome, are vividly portrayed in the following spirited lines:


‘And then a deluge of wrath it came,

And the nations shook with dread;

And it swept the earth, till its fields were flame,

And piled with the mingled dead.

Kings were rolled in the wasteful flood,

With the low and crouching slave,

And together lay, in a shroud of blood,

The coward and the brave.’





United States


Aside from the events in the ancient Roman Empire, the third trumpet prophecy is fulfilled in regard to the United States through the eruption of Mt. St Helens. 


This was a singular disaster on the western United States, which perfectly follows James White’s comments that the first four trumpets occurred on Western Rome, the 5th and 6th on Eastern Rome and the last was it’s complete destruction.


One source records the disaster this way; “On May 18, 1980..., an earthquake struck below the north face of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, triggering the largest landslide in recorded history and a major volcanic eruption that scattered ash across a dozen states. The sudden lateral blast—heard hundreds of miles away—removed 1,300 feet off the top of the volcano, sending shockwaves and pyroclastic flows across the surrounding landscape, flattening forests, melting snow and ice, and generating massive mudflows. A total of 57 people lost their lives in the disaster. This anniversary always hits home for me, as I was a 12-year-old living in Spokane at the time. I have such vivid memories of  the approaching ash cloud, the bizarre dark skies at daytime, the uncertain fears of inhaling the ash, deserted streets, and closed schools.” http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/05/the-eruption-of-mount-st-helens-35-years-ago/393557/



The air was darkened by day and night, fulfilling the fourth trumpet prophecy, as described by this source which says the explosion resulted in sending “a mushroom cloud of ash and gases more than 12 miles into the air.”  It goes on to say “The cloud of ash darkened the skies, causing streetlights to come on as far away as Spokane, Wash., more than 300 miles (480 km) away.” http://www.livescience.com/27553-mount-st-helens-eruption.html  


The same article goes on to say “In terms of economic impact, the Mount St. Helens eruption was the most destructive in U.S. history. Fifty-seven people are known to have died. More than 200 homes were destroyed. More than 185 miles of roads and 15 miles of railways were damaged. Ash clogged sewage systems, damaged cars and buildings, and temporarily shut down air traffic over the Northwest. The International Trade Commission estimated damages to timber, civil works and agriculture to be $1.1 billion. In addition, Congress approved $950 million in emergency funds to the Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and the Small Business Administration to help recovery efforts.”


Even though the manner of fulfillment of the fourth trumpet prophecy was not the same for ancient Rome as it was in regard to the United states, it seems like more than coincidence to me that the poem Uriah Smith quotes in describing the fulfillment of the prophecy could easily be used as a description of the devestation created by the eruption of Mount St Helens;


‘And then a deluge of wrath it came,

And the nations shook with dread;

And it swept the earth, till its fields were flame,

And piled with the mingled dead.

Kings were rolled in the wasteful flood,

With the low and crouching slave,

And together lay, in a shroud of blood,

The coward and the brave.’



So far we've considered the fact that once a trumpet sounds it seems to re-echo through repeat episodes which serve as reminders. But its clear that they may also be intended to serve as warnings of greater trouble to come if the messages are ignored. With this viewpoint in mind, read the poem again considering the possible catastrophic consequences of the Yellowstone caldera erupting.


God does not delight in destruction, but we have the evidence all around us in the geological layers with no topsoil in between them (indicating they were rapidly formed) that God has destroyed the world once by flood, and 2 Peter 3 tells us He will do it again in the end, by fire.



10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.





The rise of natural disasters in recent times signals that we are in the end times, as Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24. A USF comprehensive study of sedimentary and historical records of ash-fall events in northern Europe over the last 7,000 years concluded that volcanic activity has increased over the past 1,500 years. The rise in frequency of earthquakes and increasing volcanic activity are both related to plate tectonics, earthquakes can trigger volcanic eruptions (and visa versa). Besides this, other destructive environmental activities of man in the end times have great potential to trigger even further increases of volcanic activity. For example, rising sea levels from global warming, as well as nuclear activity, have the potential to trigger volcanic activity.


That this the 7 trumpets are also outlining problems of Global proportions which effect “the Earth,” as is repeatedly mentioned in the prophecy, we see another echo of the fourth trumpet prophecy through the Grímsvötn volcano eruption in Iceland on May 21, 2011


The eruption on May 21, 2011 was Iceland’s largest eruption for 50 years, and it was said to be its most forceful eruption in nearly a century. You can see from the following link that the Grímsvötn eruption created darkness in blotting out the sun, moon and stars.


This eruption happened very close to the anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens of May 18, 1980, as well as the “dark day” of American history on May 19, 1780 of 200 years before that. Both of these two events also involved darkening of the sun in mid-day.  Strangely, darkness re-occurred in an annular eclipse occurred one year later on May 21, 2012 (or May 20, depending on your location), which seemed to remind of the fulfillment of darkness from the year before.


Even though the Grímsvötn eruption didn’t occur on US soil, it is of note that extreme severe weather occurred in the United States simultaneous to it’s eruption. The period of seven days from May 21-27, 2011 was one of the deadliest stretches of severe weather in U.S. history. These seven days were also recorded as one of the costliest stretches of severe weather ever recorded in US history.  This stretch was preceded a month earlier by the largest tornado outbreak recorded in world history, with 334 separate tornado touchdowns and catastrophic damage throughout the Southeastern United States.


The fourth trumpet also draws attention to air pollution as an apocalyptic sign of the end times.  Let’s consider global sources of air pollution and their rates of increase.


 The two main sources of air pollution stem either directly from the human activity or from nature.  Major sources directly from human activity include things like; factory smoke stack output, crop burning, vehicle and aircraft emissions, chemicals and chemical fumes and aerosols, methane gasses from waste dumps and feed lots, as well as military activities such as nuclear testing and rocket launching.


Natural sources of air pollution include dust storms from arid land areas, radon gas released from the earth’s crust, wildfires, and volcanic activity.


 As we mentioned above, though, human activity can be an indirect cause of these natural sources when their increased occurrence results from activities of man which led to things like global warming and climate change, etc. Deforestation and desertification causing increased dust storms are another prime example.


Even though some local areas have shown improvement, global emissions are on the rise overall. Especially in the mega-cities of newly industrialized and developing nations struggling with growing populations, smog is often a part of every day life. An example of this is coal burning in China which contributes to thick and persistent smog in many areas.


Lethal smog in cities of Asia and the Middle East have increasingly become a cause of death. As of around 2010, it has been estimated that exposure to air pollution is one of the fastest growing causes of death, and is beginning to be listed among the top causes of global mortality. This is due in part to increases in car ownership in many areas of the world, which results in increased exhaust emissions.


Climate change is also linked to vehicle emissions as well as many other sources of greenhouse gasses which have continually increased throughout the industrial age. Recent years have shown strange climate changes weather patterns, which has often turned nature out of its course and contributed to mass animal die-offs.


It has been said that the polar ice caps are melting up to 60% faster than what was estimated nearly a decade ago. It has been estimated that at the current rate, the summer ice in the arctic will be completely be gone within just a few years. As the polar ice melts it worsens global warming because dark water absorbs heat instead of reflecting it as the ice did, and the effects of melting will eventually lead to melting of permafrost, which could release massive amounts of greenhouse gasses.


By, Vicki

7 Trumpets Dual Fulfillment Summary Chart



Roman Empire

United States


Visigoths attack of Rome under Alaric (Western Rome), scorched earth policy, Roman deforestation

WWI (Bombs), US midwestern drought of the 1930’s, global deforestation and desertification


Vandals attack of Rome through naval pirate attacks led by Genseric. They surprised the unguarded roman fleet in the bay of Cartagena.


Japanese surprise attack of US unguarded naval fleet in Pearl Harbor which got the US into World War II.  German U-boat naval attacks, and huge WWII naval losses worldwide.


Attack of Huns on Rome - Uriah Smith described the events in words that would dually apply to a nuclear bomb; “compared to a blazing meteor” ...“many persons would perish... wide desolations would be caused in the vicinity of those rivers and streams, as if a bitter and baleful star should fall into the waters, and death should spread over lands adjacent to them, and watered by them.’” He said the third trumpet would involve ‘Total extirpation and erasure,' ... ‘The Scourge of God.’”

End of WWII, Nuclear Bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear testing on US soil.


Fall of Western Rome - Uriah Smith chooses a poem to describe the events of the fourth trumpet which draws the visual picture of a volcanic eruption


Mt St Helens eruption in western United States


Rise of Islam, Islamic terrorism


Rise of Islam, Islamic terrorism/ 9/11


Rise of Ottoman Caliphate

Rise of ISIS Caliphate


Mystery of God Finished

Mystery of the ages is complete (Paul calls the Gospel a mystery), Possible final nuclear war (“great hail”)

8/06/15 Post has been updated to reflect growing understanding.

For very excellent topical Bible study resources, including end-time events and prophecy, see the following resources (Amazing Facts- btw, I am in no way connected with them in business)
:http://www.amazingfacts.org/Bible-study/Bible-study-guides.aspx See also;

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